I bought a measuring tape. It is a nice measuring tape, and I found it in the craft aisle. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this new purchase. I haven't wrapped a tape around any part of my body since before Little T came along. Yet, I know the best way to achieve my goals is to track body measurements.
I’ve asked Too Tall to measure me, so I can log my starting point and keep track of my wins and losses. The plan is, tomorrow morning, I will rise before dawn and have him measure me. Then it hit me, I need to research the interwebs for what to measure. Should I be basic and just do the chest, waist, and hips? Or should I go all out and do the bust, chest, waist, hips, thighs, knees, calves, upper arm and forearms? After much consideration, I think I want to go with the longer list for tracking sake but will publish on my blog the basics, unless I notice some crazy change in one of the other six areas. If you want to track your measurements these are the standards I will be using. I created a quick table in Word to document my weekly measurements and weight.
Bust: Measure all the way around your bust and back on the line of your nipples.
Chest: Measure directly under your breasts, as high up as possible.
Waist: Measure at its narrowest point width-wise, usually just above the navel.
Hips: Measure around the widest part of the hip bones.
Thighs: Measure around fullest part of upper leg while standing
Knees: Measure immediately above the knee.
Calves: Measure around fullest part.
Upper arm: Measure above your elbows – around the fullest part.
Forearms: Measure below your elbows – around the fullest part.
I also recently upgraded my bathroom scale. The old one was at least 10+ years old and I was doubting its abilities to be truthful. That was a lesson in consumerism, the features to the common bathroom scale have increased greatly since my last venture in that area of Bed Bath & Beyond. I ended up with a moderately priced scale that will in addition to my weight, measure my Body Fat %, Body Fat Pounds, Water %, Bone Density, and BMI. I am going to limit my weighing in to once a week, just like the body measurements.
Oh, and what interesting little tidbit did I discover on my interwebs search, but a body shape calculator. I tried it and apparently, I am in the 8% of women whose measurements don’t compute to a body shape. What a bummer. Try for yourself, I know once I start seeing results I will try again, too!
Tomorrow is the day. I will start putting my trusty tape measurer to work. Check back to see where I start from and share about the challenges of where I am going…